Those of you who are regular readers of Hard Hobbit To Break already know that I love castles, although unfortunately I have not been able to visit many of those I have written here yet. These fortifications have something magical, at least for me, and contain so much history that they seem to me to be exciting places. Today I am going to write about the Eilean Donan Castle, one of the many in Scotland and that it is, like all, spectacular.
It's in the Lake duich, in the north-west of the country, and is located on its own island, a magical place overlooking the Isle of Skye. Surrounded by the Kintail Mountains, it is an impressive castle that is at a strategic point, where the three great lakes of the country meet.
It was built in the middle of the 13th century by order of Alexander II, in order to protect the area from Viking invasions. At the time there were 7 towers linked by walls, which made it one of the most famous and impressive castles in the country, but today not all of them remain. In the 18th century it suffered serious damage when falling into the hands of the rebels.
When you visit the Eilean Donan Castle you can enjoy a pleasant walk through its halls, which are decorated with Jacobean period furniture and which have many artifacts, weapons and art of the time. It is a castle very visited by the Scots, especially by those who live in the area since it is very entertaining for children, so it is very common to see families in it. Also, there weddings are celebrated, and many couples choose it as the ideal place for such an important day.
As if that were not enough the spectacular nature of the castle, its surroundings are not far behind, and you can even see several dolphins on its small island, in addition to otters and various birds. There is a parking area and a visitor information point that has a cafeteria and, of course, a small souvenir shop. A ferry departs from there to take you to the Isle of Skye.
Eilean Donan Castle - Travel Vlog in Scotland (November 2023)